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Why No One Benefits from the Censorship of LGBTQ+ YouTube

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If you're not tuned in to media news, you probably haven't heard of the harm being caused by YouTube's "restricted mode," designed to give kids and tweens a safer, more age-appropriate viewing experience. This, in theory, is a smart idea as these younger demographics are turning more and more to web video and streamed entertainment. Restricted mode aims to block content that is sexually suggestive, profane, or otherwise mature in nature. This means popular personalities like Tana Mongeau (who's most popular videos contain the 18-year-old sharing stories of getting blackout drunk and borderline glamorizing unprotected sex) and certain BuzzFeed videos surrounding topics of sexual abuse and assault. That, in my opinion, is fair game. Those are mature topics that, in addition to being entertaining and informative, aren't "rated PG," if you will. However, where YouTube crosses the line is the unfair censorship of LGBTQ+ content creators.

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Snap Decisions

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Hello, everybody and happy Valentine's Day! For the 21st year in a row, I'll be spending the holiday with the love of my life. Granted, the love of my life often changes (because I'm fickle and there's just too many suitors to choose from) but this year I think I've chosen Gin to be my valentine. Mom, if you're reading this: I'm so sorry.

On a more serious note though, being single on Valentine's Day isn't a huge misfortune in my life, but I won't lie and say I didn't make a point to take myself to Wal-Mart earlier to buy a container of miniature cupcakes. To be fair, they are to share with friends I'm seeing later tonight, but regardless there is an inherent sadness that comes with buying $4 cupcakes packaged God knows how long ago. As I was using the self-checkout, I came to the realization that this was the kind of pathetic and unfortunate scenario I'd be inclined to post on my Snapchat story. This got me thinking: When I experie…

I'm a Lady

On New Year's Eve, I went to a friend's house party. This is a house I'd been in plenty of times before, a house I could navigate blindfolded should the need ever present itself. Between the ages of eleven and twenty-one, I'd been in this house countless times, accompanied by a diverse crowd of friends and acquaintances.

It was around 9:30 when I walked into the house for the first time that night, dressed in a sparkly frock and high-heels, as is only appropriate for the most glitzy holiday of the year. After exchanging pleasantries with the few people who were just starting to gather, the first words out of my mouth were, "Who wants a tequila shot?" This was followed by another tequila shot (and then maybe another tequila shot?), two heavy-handed vodka cranberries I mixed myself, and a cheap beer shotgunned on the porch in lieu of a new year's kiss. I was, admittedly, drunk. I was also of legal drinking age, within walking distance of my house, among fri…

Blogmas Day 24: A Finale and a Special Guest

Hello, everyone! Today is the last official day of Blogmas, and boy has this holiday season flown by. In the thick of it, it seemed as though December would never end, but here we are one day away from Christmas and one week from 2017. I was wracking my brain, trying to figure out what I should do as a grand finale this year, when the thought hit me: maybe the best way to wrap up Blogmas is to have a special guest write for me. I promise this isn't because I'm feeling lazy (okay, maybe partially because I'm feeling lazy...) but also because I thought it'd be special to have my grandmother take the helm for a turn. She's the world's most enthusiastic conversationalist and an author of two children's books; she probably has more to say than I do. So with that brief introduction, here she is:


Right after Thanksgiving, I was telling my husband that I really wasn't that much in the mood to put up a tree and do a lot of decorating. Part of the reason, I think,…

Blogmas Day 23: A Day Told in Drinks

Hey, guys. Today was a long, happy, jolly day. I was able to spend some good quality time with my family and enjoy total relaxation. Instead of just giving you a boring rundown, though, I thought I'd punctuate the day's events via the drinks I consumed throughout. You'll notice that I'm taking advantage of my 21-ness this holiday season.

East Coast IPA--3:00 pm
First stop (and first drink) of the day was served at Pour Judgment, a bar in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island where my aunt has worked for years. She's pretty much a staple, with locals and regulars flocking the bar to joke around and practically beg for her attention. My mom and I went to visit and to grab a quick bite. She marveled at how weird it was to be able to serve me a beer, and helped me pick one from the extensive list of craft brews since I know virtually nothing. 2017 is my year to learn more about wine and beer so I don't feel like an idiot any time I'm presented with a drink menu.

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Blogmas Day 22: A Christmas Survey

I don't think I can quite express to you how incredible it feels knowing I have zero reason to set an alarm tomorrow morning. Having woken up before the sun the past three days, the thought of sleeping in is more attractive to me than a large Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, Harry Styles, and a new season of RuPaul's Drag Race combined. If you know me at all, you know how serious that statement is.

Today's drive up to Rhode Island was pretty uneventful, which is about all you can ask for when it comes to road trips. I don't get carsick like I used to when I was a kid, which is comforting, but I must have passed the gene off to my ten-year-old dog, who delightful upchucked in the backseat of our rental car about four miles from my grandparents' house. She lasted eight hours and crossed through six states, yet couldn't wait ten minutes before she coughed up her breakfast. Nice. Other than that, though, my mom and I were able to occupy our time listening to music, podca…

Blogmas Day 21: Tired

Hi, blog. Do you want to know how lazy I am? I'm currently using talk to type to publish this. Part of that is due to the fact that I am beyond exhausted. I woke up this morning at 4:45 AM so I could get to work by six, the day before that I woke up  at 5:30 to get to work by seven. Tomorrow morning I have to wake up early to get on the road for Christmas travels before the sun is up… Needless to say I'm a little drained.  It feels silly to be technically blogging, when really I'm just talking into my phone, and I apologize for any typos that it may cause.

 Judging by the fact that I've had fewer than 10 hours of sleep in the past three days, I'm cutting myself a little slack tonight. A post of respectable length will be up tomorrow,  and I promise I will actually type that one out.


See you then,
Lauren